Thursday, August 09, 2012
Skulls & Roses Cambie
I've now made both views. I think the A-line version suits my figure better at the moment, probably because I made the full-skirted one a bit tight at the waist and midriff (not too tight to wear) and it makes the skirt stick out insanely in the hip area. You won't have seen that in the photos. I think I purposely may have put my hands on my hips (hehe!) I think once I have lost a couple of pounds I have put on this year, the full skirt will look better. I do still really really like the dress, but the hip area is really something I can't reckon with right now.
Anyway, as I was saying, here is my A-line version. I was looking for something to use this fabric for, and it had to be something quite sweet and girly, to balance out the gothic fabric. I knew the Cambie was it right away. I did want to make the full-skirted version but didn't have enough fabric. I'm so glad it worked out that way. No doubt (according to Hugh Everett's MWI) there are many more versions of me all inhabiting their own universe, lamenting the fact that they used this fabric for the full version...but that's a whole other issue - one that crosses my mind often - am I odd? Gosh, I do love pop science! You could say reading about stuff I don't understand is a hobby of mine. Spacetime...don't even get me started on it (not that I know anything about it, but that doesn't stop me).
But back to the dress. For the bodice lining I used some relatively thin white cotton with red hearts, and for the skirt, some really lovely quality red lining from Iana Fabrics on ebay. Oh, and as you will see, I used black lawn on the sleeves and pockets.
I had bought some French ribbon, and had planned to use it inside the hem but couldn't bring myself to hide it, so I just bound the raw edges of the hem with it and it's there for all to see, and it pleases me. Binding hems so it shows is becoming a fave of mine. I also did it with my striped silk dupion skirt but haven't blogged it yet.
I don't think there is much else to say about this dress. We all know it's a great pattern, which is a delight to make. And the dress was much admired at the Christening for which it was made (my mum did ask me if I was making some kind of point, wearing to a christening, but it was not the time to be answering that question!)
How is that for a fabulously matching pattern?!